Barge Breaks Loose Sideswipes Crowley Terminal Pier and Tugboats Near Jacksonville, Florida

Posted in Barge Accidents,Florida Maritime News,Tug Boat Accidents on August 16, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A barge accident occurred on Wednesday, August 14, after a 700-foot barge broke loose from its mooring near downtown Jacksonville, sideswiping the Crowley Terminal pier including the tugboats Ensign and Patriarch.

Photo shows a Crowley Marine barge resting at a pier on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, near downtown Jacksonville, Fla. The Coast Guard responded to inspect the barge after it broke free of its moorings and sideswiped the Crowley Terminal pier and the tugboats Ensign and Patriarch, as a result of severe weather on the evening of Weds., Aug. 14. Photo Credit: U.S. Coast Guard  Lt. John Nee.

The Coast Guard was called to the scene after Crowley Marine notified watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville command center that the barge broke loose. The Crowley Terminal is located near Talleyrand Ave. and Bond Ave. in Jacksonville, Fla.

Map shows location of the Crowley Terminal near Talleyrand Ave and Bond Ave in Jacksonville, FL where a 700 foot barge broke loose from its mooring on August 14, 2013.

Crowley Marine told the media that the barge broke free as a result of severe weather in the area and that the pier and tugboats suffered minimal damage from the accident.

There were no reports of injuries or pollution at the time of the incident.


Published by tugboat injury lawyer Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP